The Hard Way (1991)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  8 March 1991 (USA)
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An action movie star researching a role is allowed to tag along with a hardboiled New York policeman, who finds him superficial and irritating.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Party Crasher
John Capodice ...
Pooley (as Luis Guzman)
Captain Brix
Drug Dealer
Frank Geraci ...
Sophie Maletsky ...
Pizza Waitress


Nick Lang is a famous Hollywood actor, well known for his action movies. For his next movie, he needs the proper motivation and inspiration for his role. Thus he teams up with the reluctant New York policeman Lt. John Moss. Not only does he have to put up with Nick, who is laborious and out of touch with realities, but he also has to catch a coldblooded murderer. Written by Mattias Pettersson <>

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There's only one way these two are going to get along... the Hard Way. See more »


Action | Comedy | Crime

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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 March 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Duro de aguantar  »

Box Office


$25,895,485 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The last movie to feature the 75th Anniversary variant of the 1990 Universal Studios logo. Every other feature from Universal after this movie, up until McHale's Navy (1997) used a short variant. See more »


As Susan is falling from the Smoking Gunn II billboard onto Nick Lang's cigar a harness rope is briefly visible. See more »


[first lines]
Operator: 9-1-1 Emergency.
Party Crasher: Hello there! It's me - again! Well, what can I say? I'm about to crash another party.
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References Dirty Harry (1971) See more »


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8 June 2003 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

When I saw this, I didn't expect much from it. However, it turned out to be just great - it just happened so to press all the right buttons!

Michael J. Fox plays a PG-movie star (think Brendan Fraser) who wants to star in a serious cop flick. For this, he tags along with a real cop for a few days. But the real cop assigned to baby-sit him isn't exactly a fan of his, instead, he sees the wimsy character of Fox as a leech in his balls. This may sound like just any other buddy-movie "yea, they don't match from the starters but in the end, learn to get along", but give this little movie a chance, because: As bold as the casting, at least for what it comes to Fox, may sound, the chemistry really works here- you can almost see the sparks flying between the stars! Woods gives a powerhouse performance as a very "Dirty Harry" - like cop almost on the verge of a nervous breakdown because of his BS assignment. Fox is surprisingly good as his counter-part. And the directing is the usual good Badham- stuff, where a good action -comedy is spiced up with a little bad language and violent themes. I just don't understand how come he nowadays seems to have lost his touch? The man who did this and "Stakeout"? Even "Another stakeout" had it's moments...

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